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Great apes in the news – January

February 1st, 2012

Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla
An amazing chance encounter with a troop of wild mountain gorillas near Bwindi National Park, Uganda.

Nearly Extinct Primate Rediscovered in Borneo
Researchers working on the island of Borneo have discovered two tiny new populations of Miller’s grizzled langurs (Presbytis hosei canicrus), one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates.

Strange endangered primates you may have never heard of
The illegal pet trade’s demand for cute-looking primates is devastating Indonesia’s population of slow lorises. But they are not the only endangered primates you may never have heard of that are already under threat of extinction.

Most Recent European Great Ape Discovered
Based on a hominid molar, scientists from Germany, Bulgaria and France have documented that great apes survived in Europe in savannah-like landscapes until seven million years ago.

Lemur-Like Toes Complicate Human Lineage
A 47-million-year-old primate may have been a fashionista of sorts, as new analysis of the fossil suggests it sported grooming claws.

Great ape conservation must be integral to REDD+, says leading primate biologist
Great apes play an important role in the long-term health of forests and climate change schemes such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) should be structured so that they can channel funds to primate conservation projects, leading biologist Ian Redmond said.

Against The Odds: Apes can gamble like humans by calculating chances
Apes are capable of gambling in a similar way to humans, a study claims. Research indicates that the animals are also able to calculate the odds before taking risks.

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